Elephants of South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Elephant refills, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Elephant refills, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Elephants! The largest living mammal walking this earth. An exciting an anxious moment when surrounded by these gentle giants. A heart raising moment for anyone.

Inquisitive Nature off elephants, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Inquisitive Nature off elephants, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

With sheer strength and power, my experiences with elephants have always been inquisitive,

Calm giant, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Calm giant, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

watchful with acceptance.

Social display by elephants, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Social display by elephants, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Elephants are extremely social within their group, which contains a few females and offspring. Once the male bulls are old enough, they become loners or join other male bulls in a small group.

Trunk action by elephants, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Trunk action by elephants, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

An elephants trunk is their multi tool used for anything possible.

Crossing the track coming out off nowhere in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Crossing the track coming out of nowhere in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Numerous times I have surprised them by driving through dense bushland, or they surprised me coming out of nowhere. For an animal this size, they disguise extremely well.

Leaving elephant tracks behind, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Leaving elephant tracks behind, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

There are numerous smaller herds in South Luangwa National Park, up to 10 elephants per group.

Water of life in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The water of life in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Often seen near water during the hotter period of the day,

Junior’s drinking technique in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Junior’s drinking technique in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

quenching an elephant sized thirst.

Shady tree in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Shady tree in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

They do like to stay in the shade under trees as well.

Tree or elephant patch? South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Tree or elephant patch? South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Some trees give more shade than others.

Typical river scenes in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Typical river scenes in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Elephants cover long distances each day to satisfy their enormous hunger. Often crossing rivers, outside the National Park’s jurisdiction.

Happy elephant family in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Happy elephant family in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Consisting of one to two juniors per herd, these are extremely joyful to watch.

Large and small trunk, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Large and small trunk, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Mostly accompanied by an adult, these youngsters often roamed freely and playfully.

Youngsters lunch in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Youngsters lunch in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Always under mom’s watchful eye. I could, and have sat for hours in the car watching them just munching on some not so juicy branches. A family member was never far off.

Imposing gestures by junior, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Imposing gestures by junior, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Particularly cute is when junior set his ear straight and looks right at you.

Kicking up the dust, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Kicking up the dust, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Or just kicking up the dirt.

Grey giant in black and white, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Grey giant in black and white, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

There really is something magical about these gentle grey giants.

Curious mind, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

A curious mind, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Black and white photos work very well

Black and white face with shadows, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Black and white face with shadows, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

when the sun casts some shadows over body or face.

Colossal interactions, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Colossal interactions, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Play fights are an important lesson for life ahead.

This bull is up to something, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

This elephant bull is up to something, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Reading an elephant’s body language is very important. It was obvious that this short tailed young bull was looking for a partner to trunk wrestle.

First warnings, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

First warnings, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Although he picked on a much smaller bull,

More serious action, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

More serious action, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

mom was quick to intervene.

Push and shove in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Push and shove in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Others seemed a bit more serious like these two.

Trunk wrestling in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Trunk wrestling in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Pushing and shoving with their trunks locked up, this was an even match. A memorable moment to watch.


Simply gorgeous, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Simply gorgeous, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

I have taken hundreds of elephant photos already. If they keep posing in front of my lens, I will take a hundred more. 

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